Barclay Littlewood

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Barclay Littlewood's Findings in 5 Minutes

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  • God must be experienced for one’s self to be known, once experienced the effects on the brain can be see through MRI imagining.
  • God can be found with or without belief.
  • God can be found through factual accuracy or without factual accuracy.
  • God’s existence is hidden to us by our own experience of the World, in essence absorption in ourselves, our experience, our senses.
  • The ideas about God are many, some may be true other’s not, but the accuracy of these ideas does not change the absolute fact of God’s existence.
  • The effects of God are many. God can bring the deepest love, true fulfilment, personal peace, healing, self awareness and better interactions with the world to name but a few.

God’s Love is a real experience and can be experienced here on earth…

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  • Whilst science has cast serious doubt on some of the explanations of religious texts, there is absolutely nothing in science that denies the existence of a higher power, namely that which we call God.
  • Science has revealed that the experience of God, and processes such as mediation and praying, are all observable in their effects upon us. Yes, those that say they experience God’s love aren’t lying – there is a a scientifically observable process going on within them.
  • The experience of God’s love, AKA Holy Spirit, or Bliss, is real. It is as real as anything else you can experience on earth. God’s love is as real as experiences such as love, joy, hate, stress, anxiety, doubt and fear. God’s love, is however not a normal or usual human emotion.
  • God’s love is not saved for a later date – it can be experienced here on earth whilst you are alive.
  • There is a process to finding God. This process takes many, many guises. This process is not dependent on our interpretations. Whilst our interpretations of how we come to God often vary widely in appearance and are often not scientific, the underlying process behind them is always scientific and very similar. Don’t be surprised of find that there is a science and a process to finding God. After all, take a look at the Universe, God must be the greatest scientist there ever was.
  • There is a deceptive, angry, arrogant force. It too is accusatory, aggressive, selfish, proud. It is an unforgiving, hateful, hostile, cynical and dividing power. It sees things only from it’s own very limited viewpoint. It masquerades as knowledge, truth, even love. This force is ancillary and parasitical to this greater power we call God. The power, which is in the lower nature of human beings and many call the Devil, is obvious in it’s fruits. (Re-read the last list of words.) That destructive force is hidden in many people, and it does not want you to discover it exists or that God exists. The Devil always uses worldly things, (e.g. anything from the material world) to create disharmony and deception to hide God’s existence.
  • A crucial step is confessing to God the error of your ways in a simple prayer. To ask for his forgiveness as you have tried to live without him. Your arrogance, your denial, your harm of others, your idolisation of yourself and your life may have been fun but if you search for the ultimate peace, you will agree they have failed to deliver.
  • We are simply not created to live easily without God. We, our brains and minds, are ultimately all flawed. Yet God is waiting, ready to forgive and make you continuously born again in his love.
  • If you don’t experience God’s love it’s time to tear down those barriers. Don’t believe in all of the stories of the Bible, so what? Are you scientifically minded, so what? Do you believe in the Big Bang and evolution, so what? Do you think the world is too cruel to have a God, so what? Do you not agree with most peoples ideas of God, so what? There are just imagined barriers. You can experience God’s love whatever your answer to these questions.
  • Ultimately if you believe the Universe wasn’t created, you have a belief. If I gave you a cake and told you it was’t made, but appeared out of thin air, you’d tell me I was crazy. Baking a cake is pretty hard, even for us as advanced human beings using just a few ingredients! Now look at the Universe. Do you believe it just occurred by luck? Then you are equally as crazy for telling me this Universe with all its intricacies wasn’t created as I am for telling you a cake just materialised.
  • No one has ever found what caused the Big Bang. What caused the Big Bang is unseen and invisible – just like God. Like God however the effects of the Big Bang are of course evidenced by material phenomenon – e.g the existence of the Universe, the changes to the brain created by a relationship with God.
  • Everything within the Universe has a purpose. Everything within the Universe is ‘born’ one way or another. Why then would the Universe not be ‘born’ and have a purpose too?
  • The cruelty we see in nature is a drive to survive and stay alive. It’s a necessary evil. The parasite that blinds a child is just trying to survive, just as you drive to the store and kill 1000 insects on your journey, perhaps to eat animals that have died to keep you alive. Cruelty is certainly something that must be seen from a certain standpoint, from the chicken’s standpoint it’s cruel they died to keep you alive, from your standpoint, perhaps not.
  • Viruses, diseases, cancers, again are issues with the perfection and complexity of creation, which is far from perfect from a human stand point, Such situations are in no way however proof or disproof of a creator, simply proof that what was created is not absolutely perfect.
  • I’ve messed with my personal and subjective reality and my mind more than I care to remember. Your reality is a lot less solid and truthful than you think. Don’t confuse your personal reality, with the potential reality. If you don’t believe in God or experience God, then you must believe in or experience something else. Do you believe in happiness or pleasure? Do you believe in your self? Do you believe in karma? Do you believe in love? Do you believe in monetary and material satisfaction? There’s nothing wrong with any of these things – unless you believe in them above or instead of God – then ultimately they will bring you a life that doesn’t allow it’s full potential and needless amounts of suffering and unfulfillment.
  • Ultimately people either experience God’s love or don’t. Yet no one that has experienced God’s love will ever deny it or willingly revert to not experiencing it. That means that there is an available process here – not knowing God to knowing God – moving from being without God’s love to being with God’s love. Moving from living by your rules, to living by his rules. Think of it like this – did you know what romantic love was until you experienced it for yourself? Did you deny love existed? No – you simply hadn’t experienced romantic love. It’s the same with God’s love – why deny something that so many people experience and can tell you is real?

God’s Love… The Door is Wide Open…But The Righteous Way is Narrow

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  • God doesn’t go anywhere, only we do. He allows our ignorance, it has been created or just is, so we can find him again. The reason you don’t experience God is down to a few factors. Lack of knowledge, lack of practice, a perceived lack of proof, your journey in the process, and what you idolise above him.
  • Whatever you idolise will keep you from God. You may idolise yourself, your own mind, your own intellect, your knowledge, your experience, your reality. You may idolise your past, your personal rules, others, others feelings about you. Perhaps you idolise your romantic love, sex, money, alcohol, drugs, gambling. Or you may idolise consequences of your actions, material possessions, fame, success, or many of the things I’ve mentioned. If you idolise anything at all that means God is not first in your life you will suffer more here on earth than you need to, and miss out on something magical which we all have the ability to experience.
  • You will never be fully fulfilled unless you worship the Creator above the Creation. If you haven’t done that yet, in your heart, you must ask yourself, do I really have peace?
  • All religions, whist seemingly contradictory, point to the same core truths. In my experience, a religion is often desirable over the loose and disorganised field of New Age spirituality. Religions are clearer and contain more definite rules. They offer a more direct path. If you choose a religion however, don’t fall prey to ‘religionism’ – idolising your religion and viewing and treating people differently because of their religion.
  • Religion is not the cause of all wars, it is people’s intolerance of other’s Religion that is to blame for such wars.
  • All religions worship the same God, their truths are not mutually exclusive. If a person can experience God as a Christian and another experience God as a Muslim and yet another experience God as a Hindu – how can any of those religions be wrong at their very core? Their truths are relative. Religions are simply different ways to God.
  • In that way, no matter how it seems to you, the factual reality is that there is only one religion – God. Of course, some people believe something different, but look at the factual reality over their personal reality. I am not saying the Devil is in anyone that tells you their religion is the only way, far from it, only God truly knows where the Devil is. But the Devil works on pride. He wants you to think Christians are worshipping the Devil or Muslims are worshipping the Devil or non believers are the Devil rather than all God’s children. The Devil wants you to think in terms of “us” and “them”, even that different sects of your own religion are wrong. The Devil wants you to think that I am the Devil and my words are false. The Devil wants you to focus on him and not God. The Devil never wants you to see him in yourself. That way he can go undetected. The net result – people attack each other, destroying them and themselves in the process. Remember the Devil is divisive not inclusive. The Devil wants you to think you and your way is right and put it above peace and love for others.


Divine Energy – What Began The Universe and Can We Find it?

The Big Bang and The Theory of Divine Energy

The Big Bang, using the rules of science, apparently is a phenomenon that just occurred. No one has proved why it occurred, or what made it happen. The reason it happened, is in effect an unknown quantity. A reason, that doesn’t conform to our usual understanding of things, or the rules of science. If there was an ‘X Factor’, a Divine Energy which created the Universe, then that is would fit broadly with what we would call God – an all powerful, all knowing creative force.

Yet there is no direct proof of this Divine Energy as it where. God has not been directly ‘found’ – in the manifest sense. If he had, then there would not be any reason of debate because the existence of God would be an established fact.

There are so many questions that arise about the Universe, our existence. I’ve philosophised, questioned, more than I care to remember. When I read the great scientific minds of our time, like Stephen Hawking, their seemingly deep investigation is a little similar to watching a toddler splash in shallow waters. As they dive deeper, they think they get closer to hidden pearl that is the answer to the Universe. The more they splash the deeper they think they are going. The closer they think they are getting. Yet all they seem to find is more and more water – more questions and more answers. The truth is that is because they haven’t moved an inch, they are merely splashing on the surface of the manifest reality.

What they are looking for, is right under their noses – it’s the source and the very allower of their postulations.

All questions about the Universe, must be confined to the Universe, science and it’s very rules. That is because we ourselves (in a manifest sense at least) are a product of the Universe and subject to it’s rules. However, for that Divine Energy to exist, it must exist beyond the normal rules of science, because something must have come from nothing without cause and effect. That doesn’t fit our rules of science at all. For that ‘X Factor’ to exist, that Divine Energy must somehow exist above, before, higher, in spite of the material Universe and all it’s rules now, then, before and after.

Therefore, it is absolutely impossible to find the ‘X Factor’ exactly using scientific reasoning because that very reasoning is confined to something that ‘X Factor’ is not. If we try and make the Divine Energy fit the Universe’s rules so to speak, we are trying to push a square peg into a round hole.

Just like the manifest Universe, all reasoning, all knowledge, all logic, is tangible, material, manifest. It can all be seen, grasped, known, because again all material in their nature.

Yet this Divine Energy, this X Factor, seemingly isn’t material in nature as least as we know it. We can’t pin it down. It is ‘invisible’ to us, because it came before the Universe, even though we can arguably see it’s effects – the Universe and the rules it is governed by – we can’t find it directly, so to speak.

 

Divine Energy Theory – An Answer That Is Non Dependent on the Manifest Universe

The ‘answer’, must in one way, be non-dependent on anything that exists. (By non-dependent I mean it can be thought to be dependent and also independent, and neither and still remain.) That of course is utterly against everything we’ve ever operated by and looked for. It breaks every rule of reality.

To us a real answer is always definite and tangible and truthful. It is evidenced by facts, facts we objectively deduce by reality, a reality that is manifest and comes from the Universe, because that reality is the Universe.

Any real answer we find in science, thus confines itself to the rules of the Universe. But the actual answer, we can reasonably infer does not have to conform to such rules, because it must go beyond the normal rules of the Universe and not be subject to such rules for it to create the Universe itself. We have to change the parameters of our reality in our search. So such an answer could be, truthful, false, neither, both, all of those and none of those and so on and so forth (and not), in a material sense and it wouldn’t matter because it is beyond all those things and not and would still be constant… I shall stop there!

We can look at this way, if the Divine Energy that sparked the Universe existed, and created the Universe, how could we find it when we confine ourselves to the very rules of the Universe that it itself is not subject to? Our investigation is already limited as it looks for what is limitless. We have unwittingly, in our arrogance, ruled ourselves out of the hunt before we have even begun.

The rules of the Universe , if that Divine Energy exists, must be auxiliary to the Divine Energy itself. All they allow us to do is explain the material Universe, what is manifest and also to make inferences about the nature of the Divine Energy, rather like looking at a piece of art can tell us a little about who created it.

The manifest, exists like a thin transparent film over the deep ocean of the un-manifest. From the manifest side of the film – ‘tangible reality’- the film seems to be absolutely all there is. Yet from the side of the ocean ‘intangible reality’- the film is actually very flimsy, arising from and secondary to the un-manifest, which is the far greater reality. This explains accurately the difference of experience between living without Divine Energy – e.g. normal human existence and then living with Divine Energy. The realities flip round. This is also why no religion can be more accurate or more true than any of the others in the absolute sense. All differences and inaccuracies can only be explained in a manifest sense – the thin film over the deep ocean they point to. Meaning the answer and experience all religions and paths point to (if they point to a higher force) is actually exactly the same no matter how different they appear to be. There is an objective truth, behind the manifest thin film of them all.

We simply can’t find the origins of the Universe whilst confining ourselves on that level, because whatever caused the Universe to exist does not operate on that level itself. This why so many of our seemingly brilliant minds today, are merely splashing in the shallow water. They would, and could pick this article to pieces, and point out many inaccuracies – in a manifest sense – and they would still be splashing about in the same shallow water.

The truth would not change because it is simply non-dependent on the manifest.

As we delve into the truth of the material Universe, we splash and splash and we get no closer.

We can only deduce, infer, and guess what that Divine Energy is, even that it exists at all. All knowledge, all reasoning, all logic work on those very same principles of truth, cause and effect and so on that the Universe works on. Yet even at their very best, all these are working at a secondary level which is confined by it’s own limitations because the answer we are looking for does not work on that level and is not confined to those rules at all. Such investigation is far from useless, but the higher purpose of it, is only to show it’s limitations and lead us to a greater answer that goes beyond the mere tool of intellect.

 

Divine Energy – An Answer ‘Within’?

After years of research and work, I have found it, in a scientific and objective way, and that is demonstrated by my MRI scans further in this post.

Yet I can’t really accurately explain it to you, nor can anyone else.

Even if I try to, I am confined by my very useless terms and interpretations. To you, I am merely a minute part of your world and what I write is an object to you to enjoy whilst you have your morning cup of coffee. My 15,000 hours of work is but 15 seconds of your life.

What ever I say is already manifest, as is your interpretations of what I am writing. In one way, it’s all getting in the way, like a cloak over the truth – like the thin film over the very deep ocean water. Thus what I say is already confined and has disabled itself by the very rules of The Universe that it asks you to look beyond.

We can however find the answer and know it in ourselves, as we are children of that Divine Energy in a very literal sense. That is not a comforting platitude, but a scientific fact – ultimately we came from the creation itself, most likely via the Big Bang. If that Divine Energy set off the Universe, then there is a chance it shares a connection with us as it’s creation.

All these words and your thoughts about them in themselves, are a layer over that Divine Energy. Manifest occurrences which are born from the Divine Energy, but are not it and should not be confused with it.

So if you want to find it, how do you do it?

Well for me, there came a time where I gave up on reading all the experts on the subject. It had become mind spinning – ‘do this, don’t do that, be like that, who is the ‘you’ that cares, look through the I at the root of all thoughts, its inside and outside etc’.

I began to look within.

What is within you that can be labelled, or not, yet remains the same beyond all labels or lack of them? What is the same within you, to which all experiences come and go and remains the same, but is even beyond that definition? What is that is there and not there despite all your thoughts and feelings?

What is it that my descriptions and yours could never accurately point to? What was the same before you heard of it and after you heard of it?

What is the same within me and within you? Is it presence, awareness, consciousness, silence, space? Does it need a name, can be named, is it altered by the name? Does it belong to you, did you ask for it? Do you control it? Does it come and go? Can it disappear? Is it effected by consequences, desires, and wants? Does it change based on it’s content or is it the same no matter what?

If you think I am overcomplicating it, thinking too much, you are dead wrong. It took me a lot of thinking to get here, but it is utterly and brilliantly simple. The complexity in fact is going on in you because you are simply not used to “thinking” in this way. There’s a seemingly very deep tangle of everything manifest which obscures that which I speak of.

You can go away and contemplate what I am saying for 15 years, come back, and give me an answer, and the answer has remained the same from when you were born, after the 15 years contemplation, and after the answer. That is so because it is truly eternal within you. How can I possibly know if you know it, because my knowing would be of course confined to my manifest interpretations.

“Stunning genius”, one may say, or “utter claptrap”, one may utter, yet what is the constant existing in both people despite their answers?

I might say there is nothing to get, I might also say there is everything to get, and whatever it is remains untouched within you, higher than both statements. I can’t debate it with you, because whatever it is remains the same in both debaters as all their debates bubble up from it. I can’t really tell you it is or that, because it’s the same no matter what I say.

You can’t know what I am talking about, because you in fact already “know” it, you likely just haven’t noticed it due to it’s incredible subtleness. I can’t really teach you it, because it’s already there within you and that’s an absolute fact. As we look for it, try and name it, try and find it, we are just chasing our tails because it’s there already as all that movement occurs. It simply cant be grasped or pinpointed like anything in the manifest Universe can.

 

Divine Energy – So Why Does it ‘Matter’?

So all that said and done, what’s the point? Well, there is no greater peace than what the Divine Energy delivers. You see, at first you find it, and it’s bland, neutral. It’s there, in the background, you find it but so what you think?

That’s a stage when you think you’ve cracked it! That’s the answer you might think – not so – you’ve only found the eternal un-manifest – Divine Energy, which at that time seems more like a space, container, awareness, or presence.

Well Divine Energy has qualities you see, and should we be surprised? Let us take a look around or within ourselves. The complexity to create and sustain relative harmony is stunning.

One of those qualities is to deliver an enhanced level of peace.

Now I don’t know about you, but all I have done in my life has been for pleasure or well being at the time. It may be finding romantic love, helping others with problems, cracking a joke, cooking a meal for a loved one, sexual conquest, getting high or drunk, making money, being liked, seeming smart, a quest for knowledge. It’s all been to help me feel good or help others feel good.

All of these have one thing in common – they are all to do with the manifest Universe, whether for pleasure of myself, others, or pleasure from objects.

And all of them also have something else in common too, they are all absolutely secondary to what that Divine Energy can deliver.

So if there is a point, that is it. A process of moving from a way of living and being, one where one self and the world are seen as the highest reality in all they can bring us, to one where the truth is realised. It is that hidden Divine Energy which is the highest, and that it can bring true harmony in yourself, true satisfaction in yourself, true peace, and the same for others.

That comes in a set time for each of us I think, if it is going to come at all. And it certainly doesn’t come to all nor is it seemingly needed in all. You perhaps have to reach a level of futility with everything else, certainly have a little time on your hands and a spark of curiosity to begin to unlatch yourself from the manifest.

Of course, it’s doesn’t matter how you think of it, what you call it, (and also it can matter and still remains) what matters at the first instance is that you have ‘found’ the unfindable within you – not in my way but in yours. I have thought of it many ways, it’s quite un-important how you think of it, and it can shift often.

Belief is also another way and a short cut to objective identification – because belief by it’s very nature is not anchored in manifest reality, and neither is the Divine Energy. Mythology therefore can be a part of the journey, because again, the un-manifest is totally unaltered by the manifest.

What matters is only what the manifest layers point to – and that is always a higher, peaceful, benevolent and eternal power as billions of people will attest to in their experience of God.

Work on tuning into that eternal ever present which is always effortless there, and that Divine Energy will somehow overtake your “manifest, material self” resulting in significant changes to your neurochemistry, your experience of life, and a Divine Peace, just as all religions attest to.

Just like the Divine Energy that set off the Big Bang is hidden to us, what you are looking for is also hidden within you. Find it, tune into it, worship it, and you shall find the answer and divinity within yourself.

 

Divine Energy – Can We Say What It Wants?

I think objectively we can say what Divine Energy wants.

I don’t think it really cares if we eat pork for example, but if we think it cares, then paradoxically that will enhance our relationship with that Divine Energy because we are putting it above the Manifest Universe (ourselves, the world) in dedication. I also don’t think it cares how we get to it either, what path we take – man cares but it does not.

We can objectively see what it wants form looking at it’s creation – us and the Universe.

If it can be known and found then it wants to be known and found, that is for sure.

If I feel greater peace when connected to it, then connecting to it is what it wants as well.

It doesn’t want me to place the World over it, in other words, it doesn’t want me to care for the World more than it. I’ve done that many times and it’s ended in disaster. I guess that’s a little like going to a restaurant of a top chef, loving his food and then spitting in his face on the way out.

It doesn’t want me to rely on the World for my well being, or my identity, or what’s going on in my life. After all, it is not effected one bit by the World. It does however want me to exhibit a general care for the Universe, not to harm others, or cause conflict – you could roughly say that’s where karma comes about.

It’s a 50 – 50 relationship, but it is not in aping in anyway. It can always fulfil it’s duty, it doesn’t copy our ways, but waits for us to fulfil our side of the relationship. It shows us consequences of our actions, only out of love and reformation, never out of hate. Sometimes these are painful.

It doesn’t want me to play God, which is why our knowledge is limited. It has the answers not me. It doesn’t want me to worry about the World, or try and control it – it is in control.

It doesn’t want me to live for my own pleasure, however I do it, that’s where striving, desire, never being fulfilled come in.

It seems it wants us to be like it, because it has set rules in this Universe by which things operate. From these rules can we say what Divine Energy is like? It is freedom and chaos, with order, rules and consequences. It won’t force it’s way on us, we have to find it for ourselves, live as we think best, and then see what happens. Then when we find our answer, it’s genuine, sincere at the right time. We are utterly ready to submit to it, to worship it, because well, we’ve exhausted all other ways.

It has wondrous qualities of love – it is above hate, arrogance, anger, discrimination, ignorance, insincerity, greed, pride, evil and it loves them all, as we should, but it is none of them, nor should we be.

It wants to humble us, to see we are only part of the puzzle. To see all religions, all races, people of all social statuses are equal, which in an absolute sense we all are. Not to care whether people agree or not with our seemingly so important way. To forgive others, as it forgives us. To let people have their journey as we have ours.

It wants me to tell other people about it, so they can find it.

All these things make the Universe better, and by looking at the Universe, that is what the Divine Energy has always wanted.

Yet it seems that there is something in opposition to it, and that we shall discuss in the next post.

Divine Energy – And Finally – Work Over Knowledge

As we are dealing with energy here, the search for knowledge and finding your answer, however you describe it is only the very first stage. Then it’s a matter of living with that truth, and seeing the Divine Energy as it overtakes you. Prayer, meditation, and basically living in communion with it. You should try and mirror it’s rules. Of course wether you do this or not simply doesn’t matter to me, if it matters at all, it should only matter to you, and beyond that, it matters to something far greater than that.


The Purest Enlightenment

There is absolutely no difference between me, an atheist, and a religious fundamentalist.

All these differences are manifestations of the one source. A source that has billions of names, faces. A billion ways of describing itself.

Something that remains untouched by actions, morals, thoughts, feelings. Unmoved by all interpretations and labels, all discussions and divisions.

So deep in it’s love, that it’s totally and absolutely indifferent to it all.

It remains there to be discovered by those who need or choose.

The World is simply a layer over it all – enjoy it, but see it for that it is! An expression of divinity.


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Ensuring staff happiness by Barclay Littlewood

Of course any business is nothing if not a collection of people. Therefore ensuring staff happiness is really an important and enjoyable part of business.

I’ve done a lot of consultant work in my time, and its always the same – ensuring staff happiness makes a business great!

I’m going to use my essay business as an example.

In our business there are two main parts of our team, the in house staff and the writers.

What we are always trying to do is foster better relationships between the company and the team. Work of course should be an enjoyable part of life for everyone.

It’s really satisfying if you can have a business which is a good part of someone’s life and helps them to improve personally and technically.

We’ve got a good social side to work which is enjoyed by most and goes quite a way to ensuring staff happiness. The team go out together and socialise outside of work.

I like to keep the company like a family.That of course doesn’t mean we aren’t professional and always striving for the very best, but we are relaxed too in our approach.

Over the years we’ve learned that a too kind and loving approach really doesn’t work. Some members of the team turned selfish and expectant, the relationship became paternal rather than one of equality. So I guess really, a good relationship and ensuring staff happiness is more like a marriage!

Today we give a lot to our team, but we expect a lot back too. It’s a case of mutual respect and kindness. That keeps the relationship balanced, and both parties have a role to play.

Sure there are always going to be issues and disagreements but we always try and settle them with a cup of tea, remembering that ultimately we are on the same side.

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Certainly at times, you do have to make tough decisions to ensure the survival of your business. Here you need to do your best to handle the people involved kindly and respectfully.

You have to let people know when they aren’t making the grade of course. Ensuring staff happiness means being honest to help people improve. You find there’s only two sorts here, one is the type that points fingers and doesn’t take it well, the other is the type that takes it on board constructively, and blames no one but themselves. The former never improves, the latter always does.

You want people to be internally motivated to do well. For this reason, I don’t advocate performance bonuses, they cause more headaches than they are worth. They too can create an atmosphere where people don’t want to do something unless they are being incentivised. And no matter what you incentivise in business you discourage something else. We do share profits however, because after all your team earned them!

When I came into business I wanted to be the best, make a living and give people a good place to work. I never wanted to make enemies. Regrettably however, no matter how hard you try, some people are always going to make an enemy out of you. There’s no need to reciprocate however. All you can do is be as fair and respectful as you make those tough decisions. Ultimately how people react is then down to them and between them and God, as your behaviour and treatment of others is too.

If you know in your heart that your focus is and always will be ensuring staff happiness, than that’s all you can do.

Thanks for reading about ensuring staff happiness and may God Bless you in your efforts!

Barclay Littlewood


Godly Business – God and Business

Good business and God’s rules are completely compatible of course. I call this Godly business.

Don’t believe the public’s perception and the pantomime of the media and Hollywood. Business isn’t about being arrogant, cut throat and walking over people.

Business centres around good relationships and doing what’s right.

Here’s my top 10 rules for Godly business,

  1. Treat your customers, staff, and colleagues with love, respect, honesty and kindness. Strive to honour them all by offering them more than they might get elsewhere.
  2. Offer your customers good value and don’t mislead them with bogus sales talk and promotions.
  3. Honour your customers just as must as you do after they have paid as you do before.
  4. Do what you do with thought for your environment.
  5. Do what you do with a pure heart and good intentions and let that be enough, don’t let people tell lies about you or damage your image.
  6. Follow God’s rules yourself, insist on the same treatment from your team and inform people when they don’t match up.
  7. Remember all business revolves around an excellent core product or offering, backed by effective processes, and polices that empower your staff.
  8. Share your profits with your team, after all they helped you make them. Asides from that don’t incentivise, what ever you reward financially, something else is always discouraged.
  9. Don’t fight a war with your competitors, if you are going to battle, do it with what you offer your customers.
  10. And finally, give thanks for your blessings. It’s really easy to get wound up in the striving for growth and the “more, more, more” mentality that many in the world and our politicians are obsessed with.

Apply these tips and you’ll have no problem running a Godly business that is beneficial to everyone concerned.

Thanks for reading and God Bless

Barclay Littlewood


Power and Integrity in Business and Life

Luke 12:48

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Power and Integrity In Business

Power is often consolidated between just a few businesses within each industry. Industry leading businesses are often controlled by even fewer holding companies that work across many industries.

This allows power to be abused. Terms and conditions can be set heavily in the businesses favour, and often contain clear breaches of law. Prices can be fixed to maximise profits over all else. The environment sacrificed in the name of profit. Labour can be seen as ad treated like a commodity, rather than an integral part of a person’s life.

And often, there is no one that can stop such abuse. Customers, staff, all can find themselves in a quite powerless position. Even Regulatory Bodies and Governments cannot seemingly stop some of these larger businesses doing as they wish.

For both power and integrity to be most effective however, they ultimately must both go hand in hand.

This is where an internal dedication to doing good comes in, even when power means the consequences of doing otherwise can easily be avoided.

It is perhaps as the leader of one of the world’s biggest and best essay companies that I should known this more than anyone else.

Could we be stopped from encouraging cheating? No. Could we be stopped from selling the copyright with our work? No. Could we make more money by sacrificing our morals? Yes.

When we came into this industry we wanted to give students who couldn’t write essays a helping hand. I would have used my services properly and I know there are others that would do too.

Of course it’s absurd for an entire nation to pick who’s fittest for employment by their essay writing skills, but that’s the reality we have at the moment. Largely caused by the Universities business like approach to maximise profit from the system they accuse us ourselves of having.

It’s totally unfair that some people are prejudiced by such a system, when other than their essay writing skills they would be totally fit for employment. Our job is to get people that interview by achieving a good degree, the rest is then down to them.

We do however encourage honest use of our work, because not only is it the right thing to do, it benefits the student far more than handing our work in as their own. Maintaining integrity for both parties has always been key.

What other people think of that, and all the criticism they can levy is by the by, because they don’t know me and they don’t know my intentions. Even when I express such intentions to them, they simply aren’t interested in listening because they prefer the voices in their own heads to the reality.

Maintaining integrity is of course to benefit other people, and you have to work past the doubters and take what you can constructively from them.

If the business you are involved with doesn’t practice integrity as you think it should, I encourage you to push for change. Whether you are a customer, staff member, or someone else, you may surprise yourself by how much you can achieve.

Doing business with integrity not only usually means more profits in the long term, it also feels a lot better too.

 

Power and Integrity In Life

Many times in life we can simply do as we want and escape the consequences. When we do so however, we lose our integrity, our foundation.

If you have a position of power and operate without integrity, you have nothing. If you have integrity, but no power, you’ll find it difficult to build any leverage and influence.

Power and integrity go hand in hand, and one without the other is always less effective in the long term.

Power can and does corrupt, because it seems to allow the temporary escape of consequences. This isn’t helped by the fact that those that crave power often do so for them and theirs. That self centred attitude however, is ultimately their undoing. The rules of God are always at play in the long term.

The good news today is that many in power have no integrity, and they are realising they have to change their ways, to keep their power. The masses at the same time are gaining power, and simply won’t stand for the abuses of the past.

New leaders will come to the forefront, dynamic leaders the understand they require power and integrity to effectively lead the world to it’s very bright future.

Leaders that understand there is far more to a nation that it’s economic performance, that the heart of a nation is the well being of it’s people, and the primacy of that, over money.


The Energy of a Business

Ultimately like everything else, a business is energy. The energy of a business is therefore key to it’s success, survival and serenity.

 

Value is Energy

The energy of a business should be directed to value. Value is something valued by a customer, supplier or employee. These could be called stakeholders. The energy of a business should be focused on these factors. It could be quality, cost, speed of delivery, service, brand, ease of use, simplicity, feeling good, security anything that a stakeholder wants or wants to eliminate.

When a company applies resources it should do so in a way that enhances that value to stakeholders in as an optimum way as possible.

 

Focus of a Business

If a business isn’t focused on what matters, it’s energy dissipates. Thus every business needs to assess what matters as a whole to the business. The energy of a business then needs to be directed to ensure those factors are optimally focused on.

Ultimately what matters most to any business is what really matters to it’s customers.

If the energy of as business is focused on the wrong things then it will get into trouble, because the resources it puts in will not be optimum compared to what value it generates in return. Over time, businesses with a better resource to value ratio could overtake it.

 

 

Customer Centeredness Over Self Centeredness

This is another way the energy of a business needs to be focused.

Countless businesses change things without much of a care for it’s customers. They get wound up in their own ideas, rather than the reality of their customer’s experience.

Recent Windows operating systems are a great example, it was forgotten that people were happy with the operating system overall and used to it. Anything that was new had to take into account what came before it . Yet Microsoft didn’t. It was a big idea from within the business, designed to compete with Apple, forgetting that people that wanted an Apple operating system were likely already with Apple. Now Windows has become like Apple, but not as good. Existing customers have become isolated.

Apple itself has become wound up in smaller and smaller improvements to it’s devices that are mattering to it’s customers less and less. It has missed very obvious products such as an Ipad-Laptop hybrid, a bigger Ipad and a ‘far bigger Ipad’; which is actually a smart TV.

 

Energy is Shaped By Power

Those in positions of power shape the energy of a business. Their attitude, their mind set, their actions disproportionately effect things in the business compared to others. Thus if there is a widespread problem in attitude in the business, it is almost always down to it’s key influencers.

Bad attitudes, stress, as energy spread to others, the good news is, good attitudes and positivity spread just as quickly.

 

The Energy of Competing Factors

Businesses usually overstate their own ability and understate that of competing factors – such as competitors, timing and changes in the market.

Timing is worth a lot in business, because timing leads to momentum. Once that momentum takes over it becomes increasingly difficult for competition to take market share.

Changes in the market can render previously important products obsolete overnight.

 

Energy and God

As all energy came from an unknown ‘Force’ that set off the Universe via the Big Bang, the greatest ‘Energy’ of all is God. Any key person in a business should endeavour to find that Divine Energy, which transform themselves and then run their business in accordance with universal principles of mutual respect, honesty, fairness, power with integrity and good value.


Are you self abusive?

It’s all about the love. That’s what we all want. We want to feel love. Feeling love makes life a breeze. Without it, life is hard, it’s a struggle.

But why, I ask myself, do I find it so hard to love myself? To give that love to myself freely? Why do I make it so dependent on conditions being met? In the end, why am I so self abusive? For a long time, I have made feeling love so dependent on something. Being someone, being a certain way, looking a certain way, getting to a certain point in life, being viewed a certain way by others, extracting particular reactions from people. Of course, making love dependent on all these things, becomes a mirage. You chase it, get there, make the change, and hey very quickly, “I still feel the same, not so great, not so loved!”

The love we seek, really has three crucial sources. The first is the relationship we can foster and build through a series of processes, with our own source, that mysterious force which creates and sustains all life, that which I call God. The second source of love, is ourselves. The third source, is love from those around us – but it is no substitute ever for sources one and two.

It is this second source, the love for ourselves, that I will focus on now.

We all do it, but some of us, do it a lot more than others. We are self abusive. We abuse ourselves by beating ourselves up within.

Are you self abusive? Here’s some signs you could be, and that you ease up on yourself not just a little but a lot!

  • Nothing you do is really seen as good enough by yourself.
  • You are overly critical and harsh on yourself. (I always feel like I am living under my own critical spotlight, and that I subject others to the same too.)
  • Anything remotely resembling criticism from others sends you into a downwards spiral or makes you angry or defensive.
  • You are very sensitive to how others treat you or how they respond to you.
  • You may seek to continually strive and change to feel love, to keep changing until you feel that elusive feeling.
  • You may seek approval and love from others in every social situation, sometimes even at the expense of how we can effect others.
  • Your entire well being may hang on each and every social interaction as you try and make each one perfect.
  • You try so hard to reach perfection in every part of your life, but never feel you make the grade.
  • You resort to drinking or drugs to make yourself feel good.
  • You rarely offer yourself encouragement, grace, compassion, forgiveness and love.
  • You withdraw or withhold love from others who are different to you – perhaps they don’t hold the same beliefs as yourself, or values, or are a different race, nationality, level of perceived success, wealth, or fame.

We may think that being “X” may fill this inner void of love. It could be being intelligent, wealthy, powerful, famous, better looking, popular etc. anything.

It doesn’t.

Everyone that has tried to be or has been all of those things eventually finds that out.

Love that you give to yourself, can be given freely now, you just have to feel it. You have to break old habits – giving love to yourself isn’t dependent on a single thing. There’s no qualifier or qualification needed to feel love!

And if love from others is something you really want or need, there is nothing more loveable and attractive than someone who feels deep love for themselves, who genuinely deeply is in love with themselves.

Here are some great ways I have found, and been taught, to feel more love. They take various levels of practice, but they do get easier the more you do them!

  • Reach within and just feel some love for yourself. Close your eyes if it helps. Breath in deeply, and as you do, breath in love. Breath out any need to change or please anyone, any desire to gain anything or meet any condition to be loved.
  • Look in the mirror in the morning. Tell yourself some good things, give yourself some happiness and love. Actually speak out loud, and be kind to yourself.
  • Take 10 minutes each morning and evening to pray. To offer thanks to God for all you have. Feel that divine source of love you have within.
  • Meditate, there’s plenty of guides online.

As you feel more love for yourself, you will see your love flow more naturally and effortlessly to not only yourself, but outwards towards all those around you too. It’s really a practice that benefits everyone!

A quick glance at the world will show you that everyone’s inner relationship, reflects outwards to how we treat others. Another good reason to practice being self loving, rather than self abusive.

Best Wishes & God Bless

Barclay


Coping with abusive behaviour from others

Coping with abusive behaviour or unloving behaviour

If you’ve been on the end of unloving behaviour or abusive behaviour from others, it can always feel very personal. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? The truth is, often, you did nothing.

 

Abuse may feel even more personal when the abuser highlights you as the cause of their abuse. They can in no uncertain terms tell you that it’s all your fault, and that you are to blame in totality, that you deserve what you got.

That never feels good, and often, we react. We add fuel to the fire, we bite back, we often can’t resist. Hurt breeds, hurt. Yet in the end, what is the best way to go about coping with abusive behaviour from others? In my experience, the answer is love. More love shown within, more love shown outside. Only love turns away hate, only a kind word turns away wrath.

 

Coping with abusive behaviour – taking responsibility for our own actions

Of course, we can all contribute to circumstances, but ultimately, we all must take responsibility for our own actions. You see, anyone that acts out abusive behaviour, is really reflecting some issue within. Either something that existed within them as of right, (they initiated), or something outside of them they reacted to and couldn’t cope with. (They reacted.)

For example, you may have not started the harsh words, but you retaliated because of the power they had over you. You may not have given out the rude service, but you sure reacted in a rude way!

All our interactions with others, really, ultimately, reflect the relationship we have with ourselves. And that relationship, is often heavily influenced by past events and relationships, especially with our parents. When anything outside of us threatens the love we feel within, we can feel hurt, we can bite.

 

Coping with abusive behaviour can take many forms, let’s take a look.

Did the abusive person steal? Then they want to feel love by having something outside of them. They think that the item, or the drugs bought with the proceeds will make them feel love. And often for a while it will, but it won’t cure the real lack of love they have within. Often that lack of love can come from the problems of a broken home, or an emotionally distant parent or parents. Do they deserve punishment, of course, but ultimately, they are sick. As a victim of theft, you have to be careful not to let their sickness become yours.

Did they cheat on you? Again, they have rejected your love, and have gone looking for it elsewhere, without a thought for you and your feelings. Often, this is because the person within doesn’t love themselves enough to respect those that do love them.

Are they excessively jealous or paranoid? They are simply showing you how insecure about themselves they are, that they lack true love for themselves.

Are they being aggressive with words or actions, even violent? They might be reflecting inner turmoil and suffering, or they may feel threatened by you, something you said or did, or what you are, maybe your nationality, race or religion.

Are they always trying to put you down? Well they are simply trying to build themselves up, because a lack of love they feel within.

Are they being very critical of you no matter what you do? Chances are that’s how they treat themselves deep within.

Do they criticise you for your different beliefs? It’s likely that they try so hard to meet a certain standard within, that anyone that doesn’t adhere to their ways they take issue with. When I hear a pastor say “this is the only way” I know they are just trying to convey God’s word. I have learned to live and let live here, because as compelling as the argument is, the facts, show something very different. People do come to God via different paths, the real of interpretation of our experience, is secondary to the realm of actual experience. And that includes my interpretations as well!

 

The source of all abusive behaviour is within each of us!

Ultimately, all abusive and hateful behaviour has it’s source within. It comes from us being abusive of our self or when we place the power of our well being not in our own hands, but in the hands of others. (I call this reactive abuse.) Should I feel threatened by something outside of me, which is natural, and be abusive, I have to handle that reaction and improve it. The person that is abusive, well, their issues are theirs to resolve.

The world, is realising that there are cures to the suffering we all feel within. The cures are not what we buy, our achievements, popularity or our social status, those things are addictive mirages. The cures are meditation, prayer, worship, counselling, support of friends and groups, fellowship, forgiveness and love – those are the real answer. The problem is not out there, and never was, it is within – within us all. We are all the victims and we are all the perpetrators.

The less love you feel within for yourself, the greater the outside world will affect you, this is all our challenge to meet. The true source of love is a wonderful relationship with oneself, and our source, that which goes under a thousand names, the suffering outside of us, will lead us all to suffer less and less.

Best Wishes & God Bless

Barclay